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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34,969
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,728
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,579

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Redundant and depressing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-19

There is no way this woman learned not to keep repeating the same horror over and over and over and over. So Educated is a far cry from being a relevant title.

  • Gentleman Nine

  • By: Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913

Growing up, the three of us were friends. He was the nerd. I was the playboy. She was the beauty. Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits. He lied. I went off to college, and he got the girl. Amber never knew how I felt. They were together for years - before he broke her heart. Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch. When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟

  • By Cyndi on 08-22-18

Fifty Shades of Groan

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Although I didn't finish it, it soon became predictable. Crude sex descriptions and shallow characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,127

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end sure does fall...

  • By shelley on 09-17-17

Dragged on long past the point of frustration.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-17

I've enjoyed fingernails being dragged down a chalkboard more than the seemingly endless dialogue.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Thorne

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Doctor Thorne is the third audiobook in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Long regarded as one of Trollope's greatest works, it is a complex story of love, greed and illegitimacy. Set in fictional Barsetshire, it concerns the romantic challenges facing Doctor Thorne's penniless niece, Mary, and Frank Gresham, the only son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury. Mary falls in love with Frank but he is constrained by the need to marry well to restore the family fortunes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Discovery

  • By Susan on 05-20-09

Predictable and Redundant

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-16

The narrator was the best part of the story. If you enjoy a predictable outcome and reiteration throughout a story this ones for you!

  • Anna and the Swallow Man

  • By: Gavriel Savit
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 756

Kraków, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She's alone. And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe I'm not smart enough...

  • By Cheryl on 06-10-16

Quirky Ending

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-16

Overall the story held my attention, but the ending was bizarre making it a story I will not recommend to friends.

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,415

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By DCinMI on 08-29-15

Good book, brutal Maine accent attempt.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-15

I liked the story and would have given the narrators four stars if they hadn't attempted a Downeast Maine accent. It came across as South Boston which we find nasally abrasive ... best to leave it alone if you are an "outta stateta".

  • Poacher's Son

  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 683

Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive - his own father. Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find an alarming voice from the past on his answering machine: his father, Jack, a hard-drinking womanizer who makes his living poaching illegal game. An even more frightening call comes the next morning from the police: They are searching for the man who killed a beloved local cop the night before - and his father is their prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good writer -

  • By S. on 10-02-15

Northern Maine people with thick Boston accents?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-15

I really wanted to like this book. I am a big fan of North Woods Law and was eager to listen to a good warden mystery. It was fair. Henry Leyva's attempt at a Maine accent resembles a thick John F Kennedy Boston accent. If you are from Maine, and I am, we seldom find an "outta stateta" that can get it right. Best not to try.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Land of Painted Caves

  • Earth's Children, Book 6
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 34 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,502

Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should have been titled "The Mother's Song"

  • By Courtney on 04-04-11

Horrible narrator - couldn't finish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-15

The remedial narration was too irritating to continue listening. I have loved and read the previous five books in the Earth's Children series. I will READ this one also.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pied Piper

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France, but during his stay the Nazis invade. Howard must try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. As the conflict grows closer, the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. He ends up leading this motley group of youngsters through the French countryside, constantly beset by danger yet heroically protecting his charges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My All Time Favorires

  • By Susan on 12-09-13

Great Story...You will not be disappointed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-14

I loved this story. I had recently finished A Town Like Alice which was fabulous and inspired me to read another Nevil Shute story. I didn't want it to end, and wish it had a sequel. I just downloaded another Nevil Shute book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, beautifully told

  • By Mary on 03-27-11

Fabulous Story with a Wonderful Narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-14

This is the best book I've heard this year and will recommend it to everyone. The story is inspiring and the narration is great. Want to read more of Nevil Shute and eager to listen to Robin Bailey narrate again.